Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It’s official. Fall is here, as of September 23. As it gets cooler, here are some tips to help you save heat and money.
  • Turn your thermostat back 10-15 percent for eight hours a day and you can cut your annual heating bill by as much as 10 percent a year.
  • Check the surface of your water heater. If it’s hot or even warm, some of the energy used to heat the water is being wasted. Wrap the heater in an insulating blanket. For every 10° F you lower the temperature setting, you can reduce your bill 3-5 percent.
  • Check your hot water thermostat. If your family never runs out of hot water, then the thermostat’s probably set too high. It should be set between 110°F and 120°F.
  • Put the water heater as close as possible to the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms if you are building your home. Heat is lost as it moves through pipes so putting the unit as close as possible to these rooms means shorter travel distance and money saved.
  • Weatherize and caulk windows and doors. Doing this can save you more than 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses.
  • Get your furnace inspected and cleaned. Operating your furnace at optimal levels will save you money.
  • Check the door seal on your refrigerator and freezer. Stick a $1 bill in the door and close the door. If you can let go of the dollar and it doesn’t fall out of the door, your seal is tight. If the bill drops or is loose, you have a worn seal and it should be replaced. A refrigerator door that doesn’t close tightly will increase the temperature inside the unit and make your fridge work harder and longer to cool.